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Loudoun County Home Improvement Programs Help Loudoun Homeowners

August 22, 2015 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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Loudoun County has home improvement and repair programs which are designed to preserve and rehabilitate existing affordable housing.

  • The Loudoun County Home Improvement Program (LCHIP) is available countywide to low- and moderate -income homeowners who want to rehabilitate their primary residences.
  • The Home Repair Program for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (HRED) is available countywide to homeowners with income that is at/or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

The LCHIP program provides funds to renovate and repair the primary residence of low-to-moderate income homeowners. Eligibility for the program is determined by income and loans are awarded based on credit worthiness. The home improvement loan has a ten-year term and may be forgivable and/or interest free. … Continue Reading

LCFR Graduates 31st Firefighter/EMT Recruit Class

August 19, 2015 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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On Friday, August 14 before several hundred family members and friends, twenty recruits graduated from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s 31st recruit academy. In an official ceremony held at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Gary M. Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court swore in the recruits in preparation for their assignment to the field.

Deputy Chief of EMS and Training Jose Salazar emceed the graduation ceremony. County Administrator Tim Hemstreet, Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, and Assistant Chief Keith Johnson were on hand to address the recruits, family members and friends. Each of the speakers commended the recruits on their hard work, recognizing their accomplishments as well as the family members who’ve supported them throughout this journey. … Continue Reading

LCPL Summer Reading Challenge Wraps Up August 29

August 16, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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More than 16,000 Loudoun County residents have combined vacation fun, learning, and adventure through the Loudoun County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The program is in its final weeks, but participants can still pick up summer reading challenge cards at their local branch. When they’re completed, readers can win weekly prizes and will be entered into a grand prize drawing.

The program concludes Saturday, August 29, with events at all eight Library branches. This year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” highlighted superhero fun, celebrated local heroes, and encouraged readers to “escape the ordinary” through summer reading. … Continue Reading

50th LVHS Combined Reunion September 18, 19 and 20

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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By Andrea Gaines

“We’ll be catching up, reminiscing, and going back to a more simple time. A time when we were a little more carefree.”
So promises event organizer Judy Arbogast Fisher in describing the upcoming 50th Loudoun Valley High School Combined Reunion, to be held over three days in September.

The Friday, Saturday and Sunday event will celebrate the high school’s three original classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966. Highlights of the three-day extravaganza include a golf outing on Friday morning at the Loudoun Golf & Country Club in Purcellville, a Friday night break-the-ice mixer at the Beautiful South restaurant in Hamilton, a Saturday night dinner dance and a catered BBQ picnic on Sunday at Franklin Park. A tour of today’s Loudoun Valley High School is another of the festivities planned for Sunday. “Loudoun Valley has doubled in size in the years since we attended the school,” said Fisher. “When I attended we had no cafeteria – we’d bring brown bag lunches to school. We had no auditorium and the gym was not yet completed. People will love to tour the current high school and see how far it has come.” … Continue Reading

Freeing The Stories Of Loudoun’s Enslaved Americans

July 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Freeing The Stories Of Loudoun’s Enslaved Americans
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– By Andrea Gaines

Pastor Michelle Thomas couldn’t believe what she was seeing.

While doing research on land in Landsdowne where her church planned to build a new sanctuary, she came across county records of some 40 former slaves who had been buried on the property. The documents included bills of sale, repossession documents tied to specific individuals, and wills that mentioned the enslaved person’s name. “I had driven by this spot,” she said – near the corner of Belmont Ridge Road and busy Route 7 – “dozens and dozens of times … but never did I imagine that I was driving by such a sacred, unknown place.”

“It did not sit well with my spirit,” she continued. “We call these people slaves, but they were not slaves, they were an enslaved people, taken by force from their homeland and sold as common property.”

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“We Did Not Expect The Legal Firestorm” – Farm Family Facing A Neighbor’s Lawsuit

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News 5 comments
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– By Andrea Gaines

When they moved to their 10-acre Philomont farm four years ago, Alexa Warthen and her husband made sure the plans they had for their land were in compliance with each of the property’s covenants and zoning regulations. They got some chickens – “natural pest control,” said Warthen – and they put in gardens, new fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries and more – all to provide their family with a supply of fresh, healthy food.

Everything changed when, with the help of Alexa’s mom, they erected specialty hops trellises and poles and planted 2 of their 10 acres in the crop, intending to sell to local microbreweries. A short time later they received a letter of complaint about the hops from neighbor Sandra Dingus, followed by a cease and desist order demanding that the poles come down and the hops come out. “We did not expect the legal firestorm over the hops issue,” said Warthen. “We even made sure to use untreated wooden poles to help protect the environment.”

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Let the Games Begin! World Police & Fire Games Events to be Held in Loudoun County

June 26, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Let the Games Begin! World Police & Fire Games Events to be Held in Loudoun County
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Loudoun County is among the jurisdictions in the region in which World Police and Fire Games events will be held June 26 through July 5, 2015. The event is expected to attract more than 10,000 athletes from more than 60 countries along with thousands of spectators to the area.

“I would like to extend a special welcome to Loudoun County to all of the athletes and spectators from around the world who are here for the games,” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York. “I encourage them to take time to tour our beautiful county and enjoy our shops, restaurants, vineyards, and other attractions to see for themselves why Loudoun is such a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

The games will take place at 53 venues throughout the region, including nine sites in Loudoun County. All sports events are open to the public, free of charge. Residents should note the tentative dates and locations of the Loudoun events and plan accordingly as traffic may impact the venues and the surrounding roads.

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Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman Presents Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholar

June 12, 2015 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman Presents Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholar
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman presented a check to Spencer Barrett June 9 as part of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute (VSI) scholarship program.

Barrett, a Leesburg, resident, will graduate from Loudoun County High School in June and will be attending Liberty University in the fall. “This scholarship will assist Spencer in his educational endeavors and his pursuit of a career in the criminal justice field,” said Loudoun Sheriff Chapman. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County First Half Real Property Tax Deadline is June 5

May 31, 2015 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County First Half Real Property Tax Deadline is June 5
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Loudoun County Treasurer H. Roger Zurn Jr. reminds taxpayers that the deadline for payment of the first half real property tax is June 5.

Payments postmarked after June 5, 2015, will incur a 10 percent late payment penalty. Additional interest at the rate of 10 percent per annum will be assessed. The due date will not be extended for bills where assessment questions have been filed with the Board of Equalization.

Payments can be made using electronic check (eCheck), VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Please note that there is a convenience fee added to credit card transactions. There is no fee for eCheck. Payments may be made: … Continue Reading

Dulles Greenway Drive Reaches Record High

May 27, 2015 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Dulles Greenway Drive Reaches Record High
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The Dulles Greenway’s 10th annual Drive For Charity reached a record high for donations with $298,000 collected as part of the 2015 campaign. Monies raised will be donated to six local charities and the Greenway scholarship program.

“The Drive for Charity funds will allow the six charities to reach many more people making a huge difference in the lives of those who are in need,” said Terry Hoffman, Public & Customer Relations Manager of the Dulles Greenway. “We are proud to be a small part of making Loudoun County a better place for everyone.”
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Loudoun County Offers Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Offers Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program
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Loudoun County offers financial assistance through the Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program to first-time homebuyers. The program assists low to moderate-income homebuyers in purchasing homes in the county.

Administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, the program makes loans available to homebuyers with a total household income between $32,800 and $76,450. Applicants must currently live and/or work in the county and have done so for the past six months. Standard eligibility requirements apply. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Highlights of the program include: … Continue Reading

Volunteers Test the Quality of the South Cactoctin Creek at the annual Catch and Count Event on the Chapman DeMary Trail

May 5, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Volunteers Test the Quality of the South Cactoctin Creek at the annual Catch and Count Event on the Chapman DeMary Trail
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On May 3, a beautiful spring day, more than 60 people gathered at the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville to catch and count creek creatures, conduct tests to monitor the quality of the South Fork Catoctin Creek, and improve water quality by picking up trash along the trail and planting trees. Participants who came to The Nature Generation’s event also enjoyed nature hikes and meeting Loudoun Valley High School student Sammy Iliff who had her award-winning water quality project on display. As a result of these efforts, volunteers picked up 5 bags of trash, planted 8 native trees, and found that the quality of the South Fork Catoctin Creek still needs improvement.

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Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team

April 28, 2015 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is seeking runners of all levels to join their Fun Run team- Running for Their Lives- now forming for the Twilight Festival 4-Miler on Saturday, June 13 in Ashburn. Each Team Member is asked to raise a minimum of $500 in contributions in support of HSLC programs such as Foster Medical Care, Spay/Neuter, and the Loudoun Pet Pantry. The Twilight Festival 4-Miler is sponsored by Potomac River Running and includes a family friendly post-race party with moon bounce, carnival food, and beer garden. Find training schedules and register at www.humaneloudoun.org. Just click on the “Twilight 4 Miler Fun Run” tab. They can be contacted at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Events

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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